Cand te apuca lenea, ce sa mai postezi?

Suntem in 16 septmbrie, am inceput si scoala, si mie inca nu imi vine sa cred ca timpul a zburat atat de repede. Presupun ca ati „auzit” ca am fost iar plecata, de data asta la Rosia, jud. Bihor, unde am participat la Congresul National de Speologie editia a XLI- a. E  prima data cand particip, atat la organizare cat si la program. O sa revin ceva mai tarziu cu alte povestioare si poze, pana atunci va las pe mana Speosportului: http://speosport.ro/, iar eu incerc sa ma pregatesc de scoala, prima ora am fizica si din cate am inteles nu o sa mai avem aceeasi profesoara, dansa e bolnava, ceva urat, nu stiu. Imi pare rau, sper sa se faca mai bine si nu mai rau.

Si tot astazi, 16 septambrie cineva face 32 de ani. Este vorba de unchiu’ Bebe, cel care mi-a facut cunostinta cu Speologia.

La multi ani, unchiu’ Bebe!!!

Inainte sa trag modemul din priza 😆 , va mai spun: Bafta!



Writing advice and tips .–CASSANDRA CLARE

In other words, writing advice and tips.

                                   --CASSANDRA CLARE

Now. I have a complicated relationship with giving writing advice. I never know whether what works for me will work for others, or even that what works for me will work for me again next time I try it. So this page mainly collects links to the writing advice I personally have found useful in the past. If you’re asking about how to get published — How do I find a publisher? What do you do to get published? — then skip down to question 13. And please keep in mind that due to legal reasons, I can’t read your work. Please don’t send it to me. If you’re looking for someone to critique your writing, there are some resources for that linked below.

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    Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
    When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
    Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.
    Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

The Lion!



Acum ceva timp am gasit ceva ,o mica povestioara despre relatia om-animal, o legatura uimitoare.Sper sa va placa la fel de mult cum mi-a placut mie !

This is a true story (from „christian, the lion who thought he was people”). There’s many Christian the lion videos already posted, I simply edited the video and the music. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. If you’d like to see the entire video on this, irridescent posted a 10 part video from the original movie. I do not claim any of the original film or music.

P.S.: Mi-au dat lacrimile … 😐





E cam veche ,toata lumea a auzit de ea ,dar nu-mi pasa ,o vreau pe blogul meu,pentru mie imi place!

When Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy took their first steps into the world behind the magic wardrobe, little do they realise what adventures are about to unfold. And as the story of Narnia begins to unfold, so to does a classic tale that has enchanted readers of all ages for over half a century.

This stunning version of the classic The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, illustrated by Christian Burningham, comes with a special recording of the story which features a full production and specially composed music which transports the listener straight to the heart of Narnia. An absolute must for Narnia fans, and an excellent way of introducing the magical story to a new generation of readers. –

Susan Harrison


Why not get to know Romania?




>>Doi romani plecati din tara s-au gandit sa faca o prezentare video a Romaniei pe Youtube, pentru ca strainii nu stiu unde se afla tara noastra „si ce limba vorbim”.Cei doi autori ai acestei animatii sunt Matei Barbu (presedinte si Co-fondator la Leeds Romanian Society) si Ana Raluca Busuioc, (graphic designer).

„Motivul pentru care am facut acest video a fost in principal pentru a informa publicul strain despre tara noastra. Multi dintre studentii romani cu care am vorbit au ramas surprinsi de faptul ca internationalii cu care discutam nu stiau unde se afla Romania sau ce limba vorbim. Unii mai stiau de Inna si altii ne-au intrebat daca nu suntem tigani. Din aceste motive am decis sa incercam prin acest video sa demontam preconceptiile acestea despre Romania.” – spune Matei Barbu in mesajul pe care l-a trimis StirilorProTV pe pagina oficiala de Facebook.

Cei doi autori ai clipului mai spun ca, prin initiativa lor, vor sa arate ca nu si-au pierdut „spiritul de romani” si ca incearca sa faca „ceva in privinta imbunatatirii imaginii noastre in afara”.<<

„An infographic animation about Romania, created by Graphic and Communication Design student Ana Busuioc for Leeds Romanian Society. Music by Dave James and Alfie Granger-Howell – Finger on the Pulse, courtesy of audionetwork.com.”

Frumos cum unii vor sa faca un bine ,iar altii strica. Nu e deloc placut cand strainii ne considera pe toti tigani si hoti… Pacat ,pentru ca nu toti din tara asta sunt asa …
Romania TREBUIE vizitata, de la munte pan’ la mare ,totul e frumos!


Advice to Young Writers -Melissa de la Cruz

So , if you love to write ,Melissa de la Cruz wrote something on her site for young writers that might help you!Maybe you know those things maybe you don’t ,you have to read!And,follow the steps!

” 1. Getting Started
Before you begin to write your story or novel, write a detailed outline and character backgrounds first. So many unpublished first (or second or third or 44th) novels begin halfway through the book because the writer has spent the first 150 pages giving us the background story instead of starting with THE STORY. Know your characters inside and out, where they came from, where they want to go, so that when you begin writing the book, you already know how they will act/react to events in the story. I love outlines. I read somewhere that Stephen King said writers who like to write outlines wish they were writing masters theses instead of novels. For the longest time, I thought this was true. Now I think he was just exaggerating. You need an outline. Even just the barest outline so that you know the story’s beginning, middle and end. Sometimes, I don’t stick to my outline.

The story begins to take off in a different direction, so I chuck the outline. But when this happens, I write a new outline. Outlines are the blueprints of stories. It will also keep you working, since you will see how far along you need to go. In general I write 10-20 page outlines, with a paragraph for each chapter in the book, describing the action that will occur in that chapter.

2. Begin Writing and Don’t Stop
Now that I am a mother, I write on Monday to Wednesday from 10am – 3pm everyday at a writer’s office. On Thursdays I do revisions at home and on Fridays I spend time with my baby. When I’m on deadline, which means the book was DUE YESTERDAY, the schedule goes whacky, and I just work ALL THE TIME and try to see my family in between.

The three-day writing week usually results in a solid ten to twenty pages. The manic work that happens during deadline crunch can result in anywhere from twenty to fifty pages a day. This is when the novel really happens.

Before I had my baby, when I was not on deadline, sometimes I didn’t work at all. I went to the movies, I went shopping, I hung out with my friends, I tanned by the pool, I read a ton of magazines. But that only lasted for a week or two. Most of the time I’m banging it out. Which means I force myself to sit at my desk and write.

Now that I am a mother, the time that I am not writing is spent with my child. I try to read magazines and watch TV when she is asleep.

When I did not make a living as a writer, I wrote AT EVERY CHANCE I COULD GET. I was a computer consultant at a major bank, but I would say I spent six hours writing to the two hours I spent working on my computer programs. I also spent weekends writing.

3. Cliffhangers are Key
How do you write a page-turner? By making each chapter end with a cliffhanger. What’s a cliffhanger? A cliffhanger is when the action reaches a feverish pitch and then the chapter ends with the protagonist hanging on a limb or about to kiss the boy or about to open the secret safe—but not revealing what is inside. It has to keep people reading to find out WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.

I got schooled in crafting page-turning cliffhangers because I used to write a serial novel in GOTHAM magazine called “The Fortune Hunters”. My story appeared every month, and every month I would end it on a cliffhanger to keep readers interested in reading the next story, which they would have to wait a whole month for. Apparently, it worked. The serial novel was very successful, and I even sold it as an adult novel. But I have not had time to whip it into shape for publication, so we will all have to wait for that for now. (I even had to return the money!)

But writing THE FORTUNE HUNTERS taught me how to write cliffhangers. Also reading Michael Crichton novels. Those taught me about cliffhangers too. And of course, the best advice to any writer is to READ. You can’t be a writer without being a reader.

4. Always Say Yes To Everything
Making a living as a writer or an artist means that some years, you can make a lot of money, and some years are very lean. One of my producer friends in Hollywood said that whenever he feels like blowing a lot of cash, he looks up at the Hollywood Hills at all those half-built mansions and reminds himself that sometimes, one hit is all you can get, so don’t get too cocky. The people who started building those houses didn’t have enough money to finish building them. Yikes!

All through my writing career, I have taken EVERY assignment offered to me. In addition to big-name magazines, I have written for obscure websites, shopping catalogs, health and fitness magazines, free newsweeklies, blogs, anything and everything. I have written about my family, my sex life, my staggering credit card debt. I have endured humiliation and good-natured ribbing. I have survived to write about it. Did I want to dress up as a man and crash my husband’s bachelor party? YES! Did I want to try out every position in the karma sutra and write about it? YES! Did I want to go around New York and ask men to tell me the length of their bananas and see if they could get women to date them if they wore their inches on a t-shirt on their chest? Um…er…do I really have to..oh well..YES!

These days, I have the luxury of being able to say no to things. I would say yes to everything still, but I found saying yes was taking away from my main job of writing the books. Writing books is the only thing I have time for right now.

BTW, I only worked with Alloy on the Au Pairs series. Everything else (Blue Bloods, Angels, Ashleys, Social Life, etc.) is mine and mine alone. I just add this because people ask, and that is the answer. But I loved working with Alloy and wholly recommend working with them. If they come calling, say YES!

5. But Don’t Sell Yourself Short Either
Never take a first offer. Always try to push the deal to the farthest you can push it. Glossy magazines have paid me $1 a word, $1.50 a word, $2 a word, and at my highest, $3 a word. I’ve heard other writers can command $4 or $5 a word. So it’s possible. And it never hurts to ask.

Book advances are NOTORIOUSLY low for first-time novelists. Mine paid for three months’ rent and living expenses in New York, and that was it. (And I lived in a rent-stabilized apartment! Still, it wasn’t as small as some others I’ve heard. I’ve heard unagented writers are offered $1500 for a book. I mean, my god. That’s not even enough for a Chloe Paddington these days!) So you need to push. Ask for more. Or don’t sell them all the rights. Definitely not your movie/film rights. Hold on to stuff. MAKE YOUR AGENT WORK FOR YOU. In the end, you have to be the judge of your work. You know how much it’s worth. Publishers can always say no, but most of the time, they will try to say yes.

A CAVEAT: If you’ve pushed and pushed and pushed and they still won’t budge, take the money and do the job.

6. Write what you know, write what you love, but research is fun too

Sometimes I have really happy days when I realize I am getting paid to write the kind of stories I used to write in my notebooks when I was a teenager. I used to write soap-operatic dramas modeled on Dynasty, but starring the members of Duran Duran. I know. Very sad. Thankfully, my writing has developed since then. But I still sometimes feel like I’m fourteen and I’m just writing things that I think are really, really fun to write about.

I’ve written about fashion shows, sample sales, private school, the Hamptons, all subjects that I am very familiar with. But I’ve also written about surfing, skateboarding, college radio stations, and other subjects I’m not so familiar with. I’ve always been interested in surfing, skateboarding, and college radio, but I didn’t know so much about them so I did research. I love doing research. I love figuring out subcultures and learning new slang. It widens my horizons as a writer. So don’t be afraid to tackle new subjects, writing about what you don’t know can be fun too.

7. Finally, live a little
So many people want to WRITE but they have not yet even begun to LIVE. I think that the reason so many of us YA writers are in our 30s is because at this age, we finally can see clearly, what being a teenager really meant. When you are too close to the experience, you don’t have the objective distance with which to write about it. I can’t wait to be 50 and write about a young mother in her 30s. grin

Also, a lot of the fun in my books is inspired by the REAL fun I had going to clubs, covering fashion shows, trying to get into all those crazy parties, dancing on tables with my friends, indulging in a lot of boyfriend/girlfriend drama. I went out there and experienced life. I recently read about a young writer who had published her first novel (a teen romance) and she said she had never even been kissed! How can you write about boys if you don’t know what they are like? If you have never even had a boyfriend? I was quite appalled. I don’t want to read a romance from someone who has never experienced love. Puh-leeze.

So, get out there. Kiss tons of boys. Fight with your girlfriends. Go to a lot of parties. Spend too much money. Have FUN. Fall in love. Fall out of love. Make mistakes. Wear platform shoes and trip on them.

Then, a few years later, write about it. You have all the time in the world to be a writer, but you are only young and can fit into that size 2 Betsey Johnson silver micro-mini skirt once. (Ah, I remember that skirt very fondly. It came up to my upper thigh, barely covering my butt, and it got me in a lot of trouble with many cute boys.)

8. All the Usual Stuff…
How to get an agent? How to get published? I found my first agent through the WRITER’S MARKETPLACE. Are they still around? Everything is on the web now. Follow their instructions. Be patient. Try again. Don’t give up. Try to have a day job while you’re doing this, so you can still afford to shop at Barneys and get $150 dollar haircuts at Frederic Fekkai while you’re only making $100 an article (like I did). grin

A lot of really great writing advice is already out there– see Stephen King’s On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird and Lawrence Block’s Telling Lies For Fun and Profit.

On this page, I have tried to answer questions you guys have sent me, essentially, how do you write a fun and glam page-turner like the Au Pairs, or a sexy thriller like Blue Bloods. I hope I’ve helped.

A very successful friend of mine in Hollywood (who has a new show coming out this September on a big network and she’s the EXECUTIVE PRODUCER hello!) says, the world is ALWAYS looking for new voices, new writers. If you have talent and determination, you will succeed in this business.

Good luck!!!

Mel  ”

Well , Good Luck too, Melissa, and thanks for your steps!